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    Tunk Mountain and Hidden Ponds

    Ellsworth, Maine

    Tunk Mountain and Hidden Ponds

    Tunk Mountain and Hidden Ponds Professional Guide

    Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

    "The Donnell Pond Public Reserved Land encompasses 15,479 acres in the towns of Franklin and Sullivan and the unorganized townships of T9 SD and T10 SD. Central to the preserve and popular with canoeists, boaters, and campers is the namesake Donnell Pond, hemmed in by the walls of Schoodic and Black mountains. North of ME 182, the preserve includes much of the north and east shores of pristine Tunk Lake, the entirety of Spring River Lake, and a number of small remote ponds, some 6,915 acres in all.

    Rising high over this northern section is Tunk Mountain, a spectacular 1,157-foot peak offering extensive alpine areas, wide-open granite ledges, and far-reaching views. Five miles of trails reach to scenic highpoints on Tunk Mountain and to Salmon, Mud, and Little River ponds. This hike visits the entire trail system and all of its attendant natural features."

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    Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

    "Tunk Mountain lies north of Tunk Lake, surrounded by a group of ponds. The hike to the summit passes Salmon and Mud Ponds. The return hike passes Little Long Pond. The trail climbs, steeply at times, to the open, south-facing ledges on Tunk Mountain’s summit ridge, then over the ridge to a cliff top on the mountain’s north side. The trail does not actually cross the peak, which is at the west end of the summit ridge. The hike offers fine views in every direction from the summit ridge: south and east along the coast, west toward Blue Hill and the Camden Hills, and north across the endless lowlands of the Penobscot Valley and the Downeast forest." Read more

    Trail Information

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    1,060 feet
    Elevation Gain
    Trail Type
    Skill Level
    3 hours
    Additional Use
    Donnell Pond Public Reserved Lands (; 207-941-4412)
    Local Contacts
    USGS Tunk Mountain; Maine Atlas and Gazetteer, Map 24 (DeLorme); Tunk Mountain and Hidden Ponds Hike (posted at trailhead kiosk)
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